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Flowers on the water mark the start of National Domestic Violence Month

Flowers on the water mark the start of National Domestic Violence Month

October is National Domestic Violence Month, a time that’s being used to heighten awareness of the social problem of domestic violence and its effects on the victims. One community in Indiana started off its observance with a solemn ritual that included throwing flowers down into a river. Around 30 members of local community groups took handful of flowers and tossed them into St. Mary’s River.

Halloween flowers: It’s not too late to order flowers for Halloween

Halloween flowers: It’s not too late to order flowers for Halloween

  Halloween flowers can make a great addition to your October 31 celebrations. A couple of weeks ago, we suggested a few ideas to help you dress up your home with beautiful flowers for Halloween. It’s not too late to order Halloween flowers, but if you’re going to go ahead, now would be a good time. Substituting flowers is a last resort for us (take a read of our substitution policy sometime), but our florists do all need to plan…

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Three flower-themed Halloween costumes

Three flower-themed Halloween costumes

  Now, daFlores doesn’t sell Halloween costumes (there are times when the thought crosses our minds, but we do believe in focusing on what we’re best at). But we look out every year and see amazing flower-themed costumes, both home-made and store-bought. Our Halloween flowers lean towards gold, bronze and yellow, but there are no such restrictions in flower-themed costumes. Here are a few that we’ll describe for your Halloween fun. Give you some ideas? We’re all for turning people…

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Cities have flower shows, daFlores shows flowers year-round

Cities have flower shows, daFlores shows flowers year-round

We at daFlores.com love flower shows. Flower shows are fun, brimming with color and beautiful ideas. Last week, Greater Youngstown Area’s Garden Forum had its two-day flower show at the local visitor center. This is wedding season, so featured heavily here were displays of wedding flowers and other innovative designs. We at daFlores.com can supply the flowers for your wedding too, delivered to the door. Our sprays of white and pink roses, lilies and other delicate delights provide tasteful accents…

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Color and flowers to knock your socks off

Color and flowers to knock your socks off

A story about the Callaway Gardens in Georgia caught our attention: One of the people featured in the article said that, in spring, the azaleas had “colors to knock your socks off.” Colors to knock your socks off is something we provide when you send flowers to Colombia, Mexico and beyond. Our garden-fresh flowers were growing the morning we arranged them, and we won’t work with partner florists unless they promise that level of freshness. It’s how daFlores can keep…

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Camellia Japonica: The state flower of Alabama

Camellia Japonica: The state flower of Alabama

Do you know where tea comes from? We do. It’s derived from the leaves of the tea camellia plant, Camellia sinensis. That plant first graced our shores in the 1600s, but wasn’t cultivated here until much later. Even here at daFlores that heritage is apparent: in a few of our gift baskets you’ll find sachets of gourmet tea!   We suppose that the ornamental versions would have gotten here sooner or later, but mixed in with those early tea camellias…

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All About Chollas

All About Chollas

Go out into the desert and you’ll quickly realize that, while everything looks the same from a distance, there’s a huge variety of plants when you get up-close and personal. However, with the cholla cactus, you might wish to keep a respectful distance while admiring this interesting plant.   Cholla, pronounced “cho-ya,” look a little like trees in that they have a variety of thin branches. These branches look a little furry but, close up, you realize that the fur…

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Celebrate Fall with Beautiful Flowers

Celebrate Fall with Beautiful Flowers

It’s sometimes hard to let go of the summer, with its bright colors and warm, relaxing weather. But the Fall has its charms too, in the gorgeous shades of falling leaves, the golds and oranges that usher in winter holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just round the corner, but if you’re feeling a bit blue, why not celebrate the season with beautiful flowers? The official start of Fall is September 21, but nature doesn’t listen to humanity’s “official” dates….

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Meaning of Pink Roses

Meaning of Pink Roses

Meaning of Pink Roses by daFlores.com Around 150 species of roses, in the rosa family, exist in nature. Early roses tended to be pink, white and magenta and they grow all over the northern hemisphere. It’s believed that the Chinese were the first to cultivate roses, something like five thousand years ago. The Romans also liked them, growing these flowers in the Middle East. Not only were they decorative, they were used as confetti, to brew medicine, and for perfume….

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When the Smallest Flowers Grow, Spring is On Its Way—at daFlores too!

When the Smallest Flowers Grow, Spring is On Its Way—at daFlores too!

How can you tell it’s spring? Look for the littlest flowers. As though timidly checking to see if it’s still cold out, the earliest spring flowers are small. Crocuses and snowdrops are among the first out of the ground, sometimes pushing their way up through melting snow. These hardy little blossoms don’t need to show off by being big: They’re just happy to be out there, bringing a sense of joy to those who see them. And it is a…

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